3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping Certificate (3PA1)  Technical Certificate of Credit

(Stand Alone and Embedded in Engineering Graphics Diploma and Degree)

Rapid prototyping and 3D printing is an emerging field that uses new technologies to model and construct physical three-dimensional objects by assembling thin layers of material under computer control. Our certificate program meets the critical training needs of the manufacturing industry in rapid prototyping and solid modeling. The program emphasizes solid modeling using industry software and utilizes 3D printers, 3D scanners, and CNC machines for the solid modeling design process and development of the final product. Completing this certificate gives the graduate the technical expertise to support the planning, design and details for rapid prototyping.

Entrance date: Varies

Program admission requirements:

Minimum Test Scores

Writing 236 Reading Comprehension 55
Arithmetic 229 Arithmetic 34

High School diploma or equivalent required for graduation.

Credits required for graduation: 21

Albany Technical College is accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate of Applied Science Degrees, Associate of Science in Nursing Degrees, Diplomas, and Technical Certificates of Credit. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Albany Technical College.

Curriculum Outline (21 hours)
Occupational 17
DFTG 1101
Corequisite: COMP 1000

Establishes safety practices as they relate to a drafting environment. Introduces basic CAD functions while presenting essential principles and practices for line relationships, scale, and geometric construction.

DFTG 1103
Prerequisite: DFTG 1101

Technical Drawing I provides multiview and pictorial sketching, orthographic drawing and fundamental dimensioning methods necessary to develop 2D and 3D views that completely describe machine parts for manufacture using intermediate CAD software techniques.

DFTG 1150

This course is an introduction to the latest emerging rapid prototyping technology, 3D printing. Using specialized software to create and export files, students will bring their digital work to life. Students will learn how to create, scan, manipulate and print three-dimensional objects. Topics include desktop 3D printing and the operation of equipment, rapid prototyping, product customization and creating new product alternatives. Literacy in basic 3D modeling, design and manufacturing is an essential skill for future STEM success and innovation. Lab fee required.

DFTG 1170

This class is an introduction to an inquiry-based, iterative approach to three-dimensional laser scanning, rapid prototyping technologies, laser machining, and CNC machining. Students use R&D methods to produce and refine digital 3D product designs and manufacture prototypes. Lab fee required.

DFTG 1175

This course builds upon DFTG 1170 with more advanced project applications. Students will explore simulation and design analysis of rapid prototyping and learn the relationships of physical prototyping to the design industry by examining case studies. When available, field trips to local manufacturing facilities will expose the students to current industry practices and the latest technologies. Several problem-solving projects will test their creativity, design abilities and 3D printing skills. The class environment will foster a design community providing feedback and critique from classmates. Students will receive a refresher on different physical and digital interfaces using a variety of 3D printers and scanners. Lab fee required.

Select one of the following courses for min. 4 cr.: 4
DFTG 1105

In the 3D Mechanical Modeling course, the student becomes acquainted with concepts of the software related to Parametric modeling for mechanical drafting. The student will develop the skills necessary to create 3D models and presentation/working drawings.

DFTG 1127

In the Architectural 3D Modeling course, the student becomes acquainted with concepts of the software related to Parametric modeling for Architectural drafting. The student will develop the skills necessary to create 3D models and presentation/constructions drawings.

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